Dersingham artists and gardeners unite

Dersingham gardens trail
Dersingham gardens trail
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Gardeners and artists are combining during the bank holiday weekend for the annual Dersingham Open Gardens and Art Trail.

It takes place on Sunday and Monday from 11am to 5pm on both days, with the proceeds helping to raise money for the community work carried out by St Nicholas Church.

About 15 garden will be open – some housing stalls selling items such as plants, jams and jellies, books and asparagus – with a free shuttle bus circulating on both days.

The passion for gardening takes many forms: some people are constantly changing their plots, sewing seeds, taking cuttings, planning for the next year, chopping shrubs down and digging up plants, making way for a new landscape, while others have a frantic clearance in time for Open Gardens and perhaps fill in a few gaps where the frost has taken its toll.

The results create delightfully varied styles: immaculate, with not a weed in sight; like nature reserves with a woodland stream and wild areas reserved for birds and creepy crawlies; but many are just filled with bed after bed of colourful plants.

There are fish ponds, rockeries, dazzling displays in pots and sinks, statues, and impressive vegetable gardens filled to bursting with current and future crops.

Most of the artists are also opening their gardens, or are exhibiting with an Open gardener. Stephen Martyn opens his “beach hut” studio set in a colourful garden, exhibiting delightful water colours and drawings; Liz Stockley, Jill Ilett and Carole Brookfield share Liz’s barn to display their work. You can then sample Liz’s tea and cakes.

June Mullarkey from Dersingham Pottery also opens her huge, beautifully-kept garden.

Jo Halpin Jones opens her photographic studio and her garden of nooks and crannies, where Dick Jones’ moth trapping equipment can be seen. Mike Smith exhibits his renowned coastal paintings.

Parking is in St Nicholas Court, near the church, and tickets are available from the church hall. Tickets cost £5 on the day or £4 from Dersingham Post Office in advance. Children under 16 will have free entry.